Destin Marlins make a clean sweep in cross country

Tina Harbuck

It was a clear victory for both the Destin Middle School Marlin cross country teams as the girls and boys led the way across the finish line in a meet Wednesday afternoon in Destin.

Seven of the first 10 girls to cross the finish line were from Destin, while six of the top 10 boys were Destin Marlins.

“Our kids have worked really hard and it has been paying dividends,” said Destin cross county coach Demetris Stevens.

“The results we've had thus far are encouraging them to continue to grind workouts even when they may not feel 100 percent. I am extremely proud of their work ethic, and am thankful to have the support of the parents to get kids to and from workouts.”

“With the county championship and Destin Invitational next week, everyone looks to be right where we want to be to acquit ourselves well at this most crucial point in the season,” Stevens said.

The county championship is 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Northwest Florida State College and the Destin Invitational is at 9 a.m. Oct. 24 at Morgan Sports Center.

However, on Wednesday, the Destin girls took first overall with 21 points, while Liza Jackson came in second with 51, and Bruner third with 92 points. Davidson placed fourth with 97 points.

The top seven in for Destin were Jayden Horne, Kambry Smith, Clara Beth LaFollette, Halle Bright, Delaney Cookman, Maguire Holahan and Abigail Kline.

As for the boys competition, Destin was first overall with 18 points, and Liza Jackson second with 45 points. Bruner came in third with 90 points and Davidson, fourth with 96 points.

Luke Bilger was the first in for Destin. Others rounding out the top seven for the Marlins were Austin Paugh, Carson Hickock, Evan Olsen, Theo Cross, Joey Jones and Ishmael Hurst.